Minnesota health officials allow residents with intractable pain to buy medical marijuana

Minnesota health officials allow residents with intractable pain to buy medical marijuana

Minnesota health officials have decided to permit residents with intractable pain to purchase medical marijuana from August. The decision was briefed and confirmed to The Associated Press by a state official on condition of anonymity as he wasn't allowed to comment ahead of an official declaration.

On Wednesday, Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger announced the decision at a news conference. Ehlinger has called the decision ‘the apt and compassionate alternative’ to light a new ray of hope for suffering patients.

Commissioner Ehlinger said that the relative lack of solid proof made this a tough decision. Ehlinger added that after taking the strong medical focus of Minnesota's medical cannabis program and the convincing testimony of hundreds of Minnesotans into consideration, it became clear that addition of intractable pain to the program's list of qualifying conditions was the right and compassionate choice. The move will give new alternations for clinicians and suffering patients will get fresh hope.

The development is likely to significantly raise the number of patients in the program, which has low enrollment due to its strict rules. Furthermore, medical manufacturers have also said that addition of more patients is the answer to lowering high costs that have frightened some patients away.

Members of the public were tremendously supportive adding intractable pain, whereas a panel of medical experts warned against it. While speaking to KARE 11, Doug McChesney, 50, said that he has been unemployed for 8 years due to a neck injury and supported the expansion.

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